Mumbai: A new seven part series on BBC World News, Collaboration Culture explores the exciting conversations that take place when leading personalities from fashion, dance, music and art are paired together to combine forces on a new, innovative project.
What happens when you bring two fashion designers from different parts of the world to work together? Or when a leading Bollywood dancer is paired with an Arab-American Classical Composer? What happens when a British artist gets together with a Ghanaian coffin sculptor?
The series travels the globe to Mumbai, Ghana, Trinidad, New York, Dubai, Lima and Tokyo pairing people together to create one-of-a-kind global cultural collaborations.
In the series premiere on 30 June, Argentinian fashion designer Martin Churpa travels to Mumbai to collaborate with Indian designer Shilpa Chavan, known as ‘Little Shilpa’, to create a series of beautiful and unique outfits that will marry their two cultures perfectly.
Martin Churba began his career as a photographer, and now has a number of multi-discipline fashion design studios worldwide. Shilpa Chavan is a milliner, stylist and designer whose avant-garde designs have been championed by the likes of Lady-Gaga. The two journey around Mumbai to rummage through markets, experiment with materials and share in their own love of art and colour to create a true collaboration.
Martin Churba said: “When I first received the call from BBC World News it felt like an award; to choose somewhere in world that inspires me, to go there, meet an artist and collaborate together, was like a dream come true. The experience was more than I had imagined – India, Shilpa, filming in the streets of Mumbai, it was all a great experience. And as a gift, in a couple of weeks we will have the TV programme, like a travel diary, through which I can relive it all again.”
“What was interesting about this project was that I started out by wanting to introduce my city of inspiration to Martin, and instead ended up getting inspired from the way he looked at my city,” says Shilpa Chavan, “It was fun to be able to take Martin through the entire journey of my process of working – Looking for inspiration, collecting raw materials, bringing them back home and having a look and creating collages and looks for styling a shoot. By the end of the process we were all physically tired but mentally charged. We ended up creating a fabulous look book with super fabulous models and Mumbai, my city, as a backdrop.”
Collaboration Culture, broadcast in association with Emirates, will TX weekly on BBC World News from 30 June on Saturdays at 6.00am,12.00am and Sundays at 6.00am; 11.00pm.